Software

Adobe Creative Cloud Free for UA Students

Beginning Sept. 12, UA students will have full access to Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe’s suite of multimedia design tools, at no cost. Along with providing the software, The University of Alabama will also be designated as an Adobe Creative Campus.

“Last spring we surveyed UA students asking what tools OIT could provide to better support UA students,” said Meagan Bennett, OIT director of customer relations. “Hands down Adobe was the most requested item.”

Access to Creative Cloud includes access to tools including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, Lightroom and many more applications. Providing Creative Cloud to all students enhances the student learning experience and provides students the opportunity to leverage technologies in new ways.

“It is our job to provide services, tools and software that students need to succeed,” said UA Chief Information Officer Dr. John McGowan. “I am proud to say that The University of Alabama is now an Adobe Creative Campus.”

Auburn is the only other school in the SEC with the same recognition.

“Many of our students are expected to graduate with a proficiency in these tools,” said McGowan. “It’s crucial that we offer them to our students.”

To activate their Adobe Creative Cloud accounts, students should visit adobe.ua.edu on or after Thursday, Sept. 12.

“We’re excited to see how students use these tools,” said McGowan. “I am constantly inspired by our students’ creativity, and I look forward to seeing how Creative Cloud is put into use in each college on our campus.”

Adobe will be hosting a software launch event on campus at the Ferguson Center Plaza Thursday, Sept. 12 from 10am – 2pm to promote the new software offering.

UA faculty and staff will continue to have enterprise-level access to Adobe Creative Cloud, the same access that students will gain on Sept. 12.

Panopto to Replace Tegrity as UA Lecture Capture System

McGraw Hill, parent company of Tegrity lecture capture system, announced that it will discontinue support for Tegrity. OIT has selected Panopto as UA’s new lecture capture solution. Tegrity will remain available to faculty, staff, and students through December 2019 as we work to transition content from Tegrity to Panopto. 

To learn more about Panopto, and the transition from Tegrity, visit the Center for Instructional Technology’s website.

Change in Adobe for Labs

An Adobe ID is now required to use Adobe software. Faculty and staff are licensed for Enterprise Adobe accounts, and can use these accounts to download and access the software on their own computers and in lab environments.  To create an Enterprise account, faculty and staff can visit the OIT website.

On shared devices and lab environments, students may use Creative Cloud in computer labs/classrooms that have the shared device license software installed. An Adobe ID is required to access this software. Students can create an Adobe ID on the Adobe website, or they can login with an existing Adobe ID.

Box to End Support for Sierra

Effective May 1, 2019, Box will no longer support Box Sync, Box Tools, Notes for Desktop and Box Drive on Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra). Box will continue to support Box on the latest two versions of Mac OS X (High Sierra and Mojave). To continue to receive Box support and the latest security patches, ensure your Mac System is upgraded to either OS X 10.14 (Mojave) or OS X 10.13 (High Sierra).

Kivuto Webstore Upgrade

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 the UA Kivuto webstore will be upgraded causing it to be unavailable from 7:00 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. This will only impact new downloads of VMware’s Academic Program. The download service will resume by 7:30 a.m.

MATLAB Seminar

Wednesday, Feb. 27 OIT will host MATLAB engineers for a high-performance computing seminar. The seminar will be held in North Lawn Hall 2009. Details about the seminar, as well as online registration will be provided soon! Stay tuned for more information.

OIT Seeks to Expand Office 365 Applications

Office 365 is available for free for students, faculty and staff at The University of Alabama. Currently, this includes software applications Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access. Beginning spring 2019, OIT will expand upon these applications to include additional applications. Before an application is made available, OIT performs rigorous testing with each application to ensure its functionality and compatibility with other UA systems. Learn more on the OIT software catalog.

Endnote X9 Now Available

Your favorite citation manager just got better! OIT is excited to provide the new EndNote X9 to students, faculty and staff at UA. This new version of EndNote includes enhanced reference-sharing capabilities and new reference types. To see a demonstration of EndNote X9, check out EndNote Training’s YouTube Channel.

EndNote is a citation management software that allows users to create customized libraries of references, and automatically create citations and bibliographies matching the requirements of the selected journal or style manual. Users can install EndNote on any personal or UA machine, and Endnote can also be accessed anywhere by using EndNote Online. To download Endnote X9, visit the OIT Software Catalog – https://oit.ua.edu/software.

Please note that effective December 2018 OIT will no longer offer Endnote X7.  Endnote X8 will continue to be available on the OIT software catalog.